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Top 5 Songs Referencing the Holiday Inn

Perhaps the most ubiquitous hotel franchise in the United States, Holiday Inn has made many appearances in popular music throughout the last 40 years. Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine's Day with a hotel stay or a song, or both. Here are five of the most notable references to the Holiday Inn hotel chain in song.

  1. "Holidae Inn" by Chingy featuring Ludacris and Snoop Dogg. This jumped all the way up to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003. Although Chingy spelled the title of his song differently, there’s no doubt that he’s referring to the famous hotel. In fact, the title refers to a specific Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn St. Louis Airport Hotel, mentioning that said Holiday Inn can be found by taking highway 270 to Natural Bridge Road.
  2. "Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang.Generally considered the song that gave birth to rap as a popular genre in the U.S., the full song is almost fifteen minutes long. With so much time, there are plenty of lyrics, but referenced is the Holiday Inn in the line, "Everybody go hotel, motel, Holiday Inn," repeated three times.
  3. "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull. The most recent popular hit to espouse the Holiday Inn name, Pitbull’s song actually samples the second song on this list, “Rapper’s Delight.”
  4. "Holiday Inn" by Bryan White. Country singer White charted with his Christmas single “Holiday Inn” in 1999. In the song, the narrator is stranded at a Holiday Inn for the holidays away from friends and family, with “no tinsel and mistletoe,” and just “one bed and HBO,” watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
  5. "Home Sweet Holiday Inn" by Trent Willmon.Willmon, another country singer, sings about the times when his daughter visits him as his home sweet Holiday Inn where he’s living now, off Exit 65, in Room 232. His Holiday Inn room is “nothing fancy” and doesn’t have “much of a view” but they can close their "eyes and pretend.” Each time his daughter leaves, he counts the days until he’ll see her again.
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